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Geophysicist

A geophysicist is a scientist who studies the Earth using gravity, electrical, magnetic, and seismic methods. They may also be concerned with the physical properties of other planets, along with moons and other objects that can be found in space.

Some geophysicists may spend their time outdoors studying different features of the Earth, and others may spend most of their time inside using computers for modelling and calculations.

Geophysicists use these methods to find copper, oil, iron, and many other minerals.  They may work in conjunction with other professionals, including engineers and environmental scientists. They may also evaluate earth properties for environmental hazards and evaluate areas for dams or construction sites.

 A geophysicist working in research, studies the internal structure and evolution of the earth, the ocean, earthquakes, volcanoes, weather patterns, the movement of tectonic plates and other physical features using these methods.

A geophysicists performing field work can work with rock formations and soil.

Salaries range from around £21,500, to over £50,000 a year.

For more information on training and opportunities, go to

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/

http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/index.html

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